So what are Einstein rings? According to Wikipedia and Einstein ring is “the deformation of the light from a source (such as a galaxy or star) into a ring through gravitational lensing of the source’s light by an object with an extremely large mass (such as another galaxy, or a black hole)”
The graphic above will make the definition a little easier to understand. Basically, when everything is aligned correctly, the light that we see from certain object that pass around large gravity wells gets distorted into a ring.
This is kind of like an eclipse, but instead of blocking the light, the light is bent around an object.
Of course, Hubble has found a lot of these objects that were once only speculated by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
Of course my math skills probably aren’t up to the task anymore. Where did I put my physics books….
– Ex astris, scientia –
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